19 Impressive People Named Karl

The baby name Karl is based on a Germanic element meaning “man” or “freeman” (that is, someone who ranks above a slave, but not as high as a royal or a noble).

Here are a bunch of impressive people named Karl:

  1. Karl E. von Baer (1792-1876), Prussian-Estonian scientist and explorer. Discovered the mammalian ovum in 1826.
  2. Karl Benz (1844-1929), German engineer. Built the first automobile powered by an internal-combustion engine in 1885.
  3. Karl Drais (1785-1851), German inventor. Invented the Laufmaschine, also called the Draisine or dandy horse, in 1817.
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    The Draisine was invented by Karl Drais in 1817.
  5. Karl Deisseroth (1971-), American psychiatrist and bioengineer.
  6. Karl A. Folkers (1906-1997), American biochemist. Helped isolate vitamin B12 in 1948.
  7. Karl von Frisch (1886-1982), Austrian ethologist. Expert on honey bees.
  8. Karl Herzfeld (1892-1978), Austrian-American physicist.
  9. Karl G. Jansky (1905-1950), American physicist and radio engineer. Discovered cosmic radio waves in 1931.
  10. Karl Landsteiner (1868-1943), Austrian-American biologist and physician. Discovered three of the four major blood groups in 1900. Co-discovered the polio virus in 1908.
  11. Karl S. Lashley (1890-1958) American psychologist.
  12. Karl A. Menninger (1893-1990), American psychiatrist.
  13. Karl L. Nessler (1872-1951) German inventor. Invented the permanent wave in the early 1900s.
  14. Karl Pearson (1857-1936), English mathematician and statistician.
  15. Karl Schwarzschild (1873-1916), German astronomer.
  16. Karl O. Stetter (1941), German microbiologist.
  17. Karl Terzaghi (1883-1963), Austrian-American civil engineer.
  18. Karl Terzaghi (1883-1963), Austrian-American civil engineer. Founded soil mechanics.
  19. Karl Weierstrass (1815-1897), German mathematician.
  20. Karl Ziegler (1898-1973), German chemist.

Do you know of any other equally cool people named Karl?

4 thoughts on “19 Impressive People Named Karl

  1. Designer Karl Lagerfeld and philosopher Karl Marx. Both definitely belong on this list!

    And in Australia the host of the Today show Karl Stefanovic is very popular, best known for being somewhat of a loose cannon (in a good way) for morning TV :)

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